It's not his color - it's his convictions

After declaring in a previous post that "my skinfolk ain't necessarily my kinfolk," a black correspondent objected to my refusal to vote for Barack Obama simply because we're of the same race. This was my response to her: I understand the passion in the black community for Barack Obama and no, I do not absolve anyone, Republican or Democrat, for where we are as a nation today. Both parties are complicit in our current circumstances and no one is honest enough to say that, least of all the media.

That said, I cannot vote for a man (or woman) who believes abortion is a human right. Do those who defend the killing of unborn children, a form of genocide that kills a higher percentage of black babies in relation to our numbers in the population than any other group, believe when they stand before God on the day of judgment, he will say, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" when they not only ignored protecting the very least of "the least of these," they promoted the deaths of millions of innocents by supporting politicians who advocated their slaughter?

I know the Lord knew us in the womb and loved us, and I know He has a special place in His heart for children. There is no reason anyone can give me for abortion when there are so many loving families out there ready and willing to love and raise a child. A well-to-do black couple I've befriended here in Calvert County has adopted two beautiful black baby girls, and God will bless the birth mothers and them for choosing life over death.

Pregnancy, childbirth and the adoption process are difficult but temporary; abortion is irreversible and permanent, and women who have abortions are stricken with the guilt and grief of that loss for the rest of their lives.

Meanwhile, politicians casually dismiss it as defending "reproductive rights" or "women's rights." Why don't they call it abortion? Is it too ugly a thing to say straight up? It's killing a living human being; obstetricians know it, mothers know it, and pastors know it. Only politicians and self-absorbed feminists seem not to know it or worse, they don't care.

As a hopeful entrepreneur who has met several successful black businesspeople in this region, I know they want the same opportunities our white brothers and sisters have to own their own businesses, generate wealth and leave a legacy for their families. At a time in history where blacks are just beginning to experience the possibilities of building generational wealth, we're planning to revert back to economic policies that discourage making more than $250,000 a year and transfer money to 44% of the population that pays ZERO in income taxes.

16 million small businesses make over $250,000 a year and most black-owned businesses are small businesses, so they will lose under the tax plans being put forth by Senator Obama. In effect, they're being told that once you've reached the magic threshold of $250,000, the reward for the blood, toil, tears and sweat you poured into that business is for us to take more money from you. If anyone can demonstrate to me that this isn't the transfer of income from the ones who worked hard to generate wealth to those who are not, whatever their circumstances, they're welcome to try.

Finally, I believe our dependence on government does the black community a great disservice. The pride and self-reliance that made us a strong people in the face of injustice from centuries past has been replaced by a sense of entitlement in which we willingly cede our independence to a government that cares less about us than we care about ourselves. We are a people of faith; where does the Bible command government to feed the hungry, clothe the poor or heal the sick? It doesn't - Christians as individuals and collectively as the church are commanded to care for our fellow human beings. Jesus didn't demand a government food aid program; he said, "You feed them."

Government's job is to keep order and ensure justice; the rest is up to us. Government doesn't work because we're asking it to do more than it was designed to do. Barack Obama isn't going to fix that - I guarantee it. The wisdom of history is being thrown aside for convenience and instant gratification, and we're paying the price for it.

I choose not to exchange the chains of slavery for the chains of dependence on government or the liberals. Their only interest in me is to keep me with my hand out and my spirit aflame with anger toward the "right-wing conspiracy" so I'll keep them in power. I choose to go, however, where God directs me, and that makes me free.